Clinton at AIPAC
How not to treat a friend.
11:25 AM, Mar 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Dana Milbank takes the AIPAC crowd to task for the tepid response it gave Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at this year’s policy conference. It is true, as Milbank states, that Clinton is a longtime friend of the state of Israel, and it is also true that compared with the many protesters the conference attracted (many were yelling comments to attendees as they arrived at the Washington Convention Center), Secretary Clinton should’ve been welcomed. But it is also worth noting what Clinton actually said to the pro-Israel activists.
Here was the thrust of Clinton’s argument:
Translation: I love Israel; we beat up on Israel, but it’s because we love Israel. Of course, this is an oversimplification. But it’s certainly how many attendees of the conference understood Clinton’s speech. Which is why the response was tepid.
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